05.30.2015-extended Murphy’s bed steps

I had so much trouble getting this to work on Facebook.  Fortunately, someone suggested that I upload to YouTube and go from there.  I’ve never done anything with YouTube, but it was a much appreciated suggestion.  I don’t remember for sure who told me, maybe Jim?

The Murph is getting weaker in the back end.  He used to fly through the house from the bow window in the living room to the bedroom window howling wildly at whoever walked by the house.Leaping from floor to window, from floor to bed and running back and forth.  I am not sure whether it is the advancing cancer or just plain old age that is slowing him down, but slow he has become…confused too.

But he still enjoys his meals and as much attention as we can give him, which is a lot.  He doesn’t wag as much but we can see he is happy by looking in his eyes…especially as the food bowl is placed in front of him.  🙂

So I have made him steps to get onto the bed and the sofa.  He didn’t like the idea at first, but has got used to it.

We don’t know how much longer he will be with us.  But we’ve already had many more months than the prognosis predicted and are loving every extra day that he remains.  We’ll miss him terribly when the time comes.  I can’t imagine making the decision but know that I will when necessary.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 05.30.2015-extended Murphy’s bed steps

  1. It’s never easy losing them they are family members everyday extra you get to spend is a blessing Steve !!

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  2. Just Rod says:

    What a nice set of steps. Looks like Murph was saying “Do I HAVE to demonstrate how these work? Ok, happy now?”
    It’s very sad when our friends get to the final stage. But we try and give them happiness and comfort for as long as practical
    I still remember the day we came home and CJ couldn’t even be bothered to lift her head when we came in, it was clearly time.

    Will your vet make a house-call. My biggest sadness is that CJ was terrified of going to the vets (he is a wonderful guy and so gentle) but her last moments were very agitated until the meds started to work. If he had come to the house, much or that agitation could have been avoided. But we didn’t know to ask.

    Enjoy every day you have together.

    We will be the ones needing the steps up to the bed next!

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    • He may have been saying just that, Rod. He is not enamored with the camera.

      This is our third time losing a pup. Each time it gets harder, but after each time we feel the need to give a home to another. I am not sure about now. We are at the age where the dog might outlive us which would be sad indeed. We are doing all we can for Murphy. After all, he has done all he could for us. Such a lovely little guy.

      Yes, the vet will come here but we have to plan ahead when the time comes. Murphy actually enjoys going to the vet and it was the first place we took him that showed he was only aggressive at home. There he is friendly and gets showered with the affection that he could have in the neighborhood if only. But we would rather it take place at home. In reality, when the time comes we’d prefer he go in his sleep to save us the decision. Of course, that means I would wake up next to a dead Murphy. That would be pretty bad also.

      Thanks for the kind words and sharing your experience, Rod. We are so pleased that the days have extended well beyond the prognosis.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I don’t know who’s more clever — you, for constructing Murphy’s new stairs, or Murph, for learning how to use them so easily.

    I know several people who outlived a doctor’s prognosis by a good bit. In fact, one is still in the process of doing so. I’m glad for all your sakes that Murphy’s been able to extend his time here, too. I suspect that well-loved people and animals often have the ability to beat the odds, or at least to have a much better life while they do remain with us. We can’t keep our pets forever, but we can make their lives as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Clearly, you’re doing that with Murphy.

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    • Definitely it is Murphy. All I did was screw a couple of boards together and staple on a carpet. It would have been for naught had he not made use.

      Since he got his diagnosis, several people have told us that their dogs lived with the cancer for a year or more. We took heart in that and have appreciated that it was true for Murphy. We have yet to make it to a year but anything was better than the few weeks originally predicted. The vet is tickled to be wrong.

      We are doing all we can and I agree, the more love he receives the better his chances to be around a little longer.

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  4. Murphy is such a sweet dog even if you say he was aggressive at home. But, really isn’t that about protecting his home?

    You wrote that he is confused or more confused but clearly he knew those steps were there so that he could get up on the bed. You did a fine job of making those steps.

    I’m so glad that Murphy is doing relatively well and as long as he eats and is not in pain he will continue to be a presence in your life.

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    • Murphy’s aggressiveness, we believe, was due to his initial abuse early on. But I agree that it has developed to protect his turf and alphas.

      He figured out the steps pretty quickly. Actually, there was just the lower one to figure out at first. But as his back end has got weaker we realized he needed a second level so he was already familiar.

      Thanks, Yvonne.

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  5. Mark says:

    I absolutely love the look he gave at the end of the video. It was a look of thanks and accomplishment! Such a sweet dog. So, so tough watching them age. We have a 10 yr old malamute with hip dysplasia and have been wondering when she will need some additional steps. So far she is doing OK, but like you – we will do anything we need to make her life easier.

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    • That he looked at the camera at all was quite a bonus, Mark. Ordinarily he will look away.

      Absolutely, it is painful to see a normally vital and energetic dog reduced to ambling and struggling to do what has always been easy. I wonder what is going through his mind as he adapts to the new challenges. A lot of people don’t believe animals “think” at all. I disagree and, while it may be in a different way, figure that they do know what is going on, have ideas about it and figure out how to cope. It is amazing how easily they adapt.
      I hope your pup adjusts to the challenges and is able to have an enjoyable and comfortable continuing time with you.

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  6. Andrew says:

    I agree, I think Murphy is saying thank you for helping him. I had to take Mui Chu to the vet when she couldn’t go on and it was incredibly emotional. She was 16. But she went peacefully and with, I sensed, some relief. I hope Murphy is well enough to stay with you a while longer.

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    • He thanks us in so many different ways, Andrew. And our care is thanking him for all the love he has given. He had to learn to trust us after his difficult beginning but has totally bought in and we couldn’t ask for a more loving companion.

      We have not had to make that decision with our previous two beagles. Cassie died at home although the vet was on the way to help her go. Dixie was struggling and died while being cared for at the vets. That care was unnecessary and we were not happy that he insisted on keeping her alive as long as he did. Bit of a God complex we think. We now see a different vet.

      When the time comes it will be emotional, as with your Mui Chu, and very painful to say goodbye.

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  7. Murphy is so sweet, looking up at you. I think he really appreciates the dignity those steps give him.

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    • He really is a very sweet doggie. We feel so badly that he won’t trust other people and for all the affection he has missed. He is a happy guy though. He definitely appreciates them…Murphy hates being picked up. 🙂

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  8. Lottie Nevin says:

    Bless him. I think he knows how tough this is for you – that look he gave you says everything. What a darling.

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